I just had a moment where I realized THIS is what the “they”‘s of the world were talking about…..
I have been able to get around on 3 different modes of public transportation plus the ever useful taxi. I have my new awesome PT card and a few routes down now. I miss my scooter more than I can articulate here, but I’m looking in to it already. I like getting myself around.
But here are a few photos of the places I have gotten to this last 10 days.
Apparently everyone, children included eat lunch on these nice table cloths, family style, at my new school. Glad I don’t have to do the laundry.
Just happened to get off the metro as the sun was going behind the mosque! Lucky beautiful shot.
My first Pretty Woman shopping spree, got 4 new outfits and 3 pairs of shoes!
A Catholic church we were taken to as part of a small tour of the city.
And then a trip to the mosque!
Wasn’t quite sure if I had it on correctly, but they let me in, so I must have. No shoes, head covered, long skirt, check. TOTALLY worth it. Stunning inside.
A staircase up to one of the towers
Friends make everything better
A few stickers from the stationary shop for helping to teach emotions….. I thought they were pretty cute.
One more week before students begin school.
I miss a lot of people, but mostly my family Sven, Mike, Cori, David, Jean, and Sheri. I love my friends, even though I may not call or write nearly as much as I should, you are in my thoughts daily. Sincerely you are.
I found a good German app so I’m studying that in the evenings and trying to pick up a little Turkish as I go throughout my days….. Off to another day in Turkey!!
I’ve been here for 6 days now. Luckily I have not experienced too much jet lag thanks to sleeping most of the flight time to get here and a full 9 hours after arriving. I seriously slept 20 out of 25 hours; not sure how I managed it, but I did. Me, the non-sleeper. I am back to my well too known insomnia now, but no jet lag, so…..
Wendi arrived safe and sound and with taking her shopping for all the apartment basics, I have managed to go shopping 5 times in 6 days. Also a probable record since I generally hate shopping.
I work for a fantastic company! I can’t believe how well-treated we all are by them. It is wonderful to feel appreciated as a teacher and a new comer. Thank you Nacel!!
My apartment is really cute.
I think I’m going to change the color scheme in the bedroom, but since it was all here when I arrived, it’s good enough for now!!
I need a desk and some shelving too, but all in good time.
When I arrived I found a little care package from the school!!
Along with water, tea, coffee, juice, bread, and all kinds of goodies in the fridge. Amazeballs.
I’m on the 6th floor, so here’s some of my view.
The school English Department Head Teacher brought us to her place and fed us homemade wonderful traditional Turkish food, then let us play at her apartment’s pool.
I finally found soy milk here, but before I did, I was SO excited to find a Starbucks and get to have my Grande Soy Hazelnut Latte. I think I might start taking photos of me and Starbucks everywhere I go! Thank you for consistency Starbucks. Sincerely.
A Burger King ice cream only kiosk in the middle of the mall……. Ok Turkey, sure, why not.
This is some kind of “meat” made with bulgur. Apparently this little spicy meat wrapped in lettuce used to be made with raw meat. I’m grateful it is not anymore, but it was tasty as is.
Yes, I did a little happy dance right there in the store. Transformers individual packages of honey, with Bumblebee as the front man. I was smiling like a 2 year old with new light up shoes.
Statue in front of the local hospital.
Last night we went out for traditional Adana Kebap’s. Ummmmm freaking delicious. They made a great effort to decide which things I could and couldn’t eat, awesome. Great night now that all the teachers are here and we all went out together. Thanks again to Nacel and Final for making this first week the best first week of any teaching job so far!!
Food is served family style here as well, so yippeeeee!! Let’s dig in!
I didn’t get to eat the pasta, but it seemed to be quite good.
The traditional Adana Kebap. So, fun fact, Kebap’s or Kebab’s as we know them in the States, were first made here in Adana.
And, Ayran, a thinned out yogurt with added salt to make it a salty, foamy, not even slightly phallic in presentation, popular drink in all of Turkey.
After we’d eaten enough food for a football team, the manager (whose son attends our school) brought this down telling us it was more meat dishes especially chosen by his son for us.
Turned out it was a very (I’ll take their word for it) yummy sweet desert of wheat, ice cream, pistachios, and honey.
They brought me three slices of sweet spiced pickled pumpkin that tasted like eating pumpkin pie! Yum.
I’m off for my first day at school!!! And in just a few hours, all three of my children will be starting their first days of college! It’s a school day all around for Team McKahsum!!
Here I am in another airport, waiting for another long flight to yet another country. My life is turning into everything I’ve always wanted it to be.
This is so exciting!! A new airline, a new set of things to learn about people, new irritations and new things to adore about a new culture. The guy sitting next to me has been repeating what sounds like the same five syllables for the last 10 min. It is both irritating and interesting. I am completely caught in the middle. Nothing he’s done has me decided in either direction. He’s not being loud, but it is repetitive. That makes it kind of meditative, sort of.
There’s a lot more women with their heads covered than not…. But they don’t seem to be giving me any evil eye. I am whole heartedly looking forward to staring down my preconceived ideas and figuring out my own truths. I will share them with you all of course.
I arrived about 4 hours early at the airport since I had nothing else to do between check-out at the hotel and my flight. I’m now an hour and a half into my four hour wait. I am bored and so far more attentive to others than I should be.
I have also eaten a ridiculous amount of junk food since arriving here at the airport with about another thousand calories of junk food still in my purse. The only place to get food from the hotel was a gas station next door. Therefore my second breakfast, lunch, and supper are all gas station junk food items.
My workout regimen will need to resume immediately once I am settled into my new apartment. Hopefully the dinner aboard Turkish Airlines is tasty, filling but not fattening, and won’t kill me.
I guess Turkish Airlines has only been running flights from Houston for a year. I wonder where I would have had to fly out of if I had gone last year. It is interesting to listen to other people’s conversations. One guy is talking to anyone who will listen about everything and none of it sounds credible.
One of the craziest things I noticed when I came back to the states was how weird it was to understand everyone’s conversations around me. I was (am) so used to not understanding anything anyone around me says because it’s in a different language, that is somehow comforting to recognize that I only understand about 1/3 of what is being said around me right now.
There’s a big thunderstorm brewing outside, but there is still an hour and a half of wait time for it to possibly build up, pour out, and move on before my flight…. Fingers crossed. I’m in row G, aisle seat …. 7th row with easy access to my stuff…. Maybe I’ll have an easy time with my transfers?
So far the most irritating thing about traveling alone is that you can’t just leave your luggage and go to the bathroom. You have to load up and lug everything with you. That’s not to say it’s the worst thing, just the most irritating.
Ok, fun new detail, the flight has now been delayed again….. this will be almost 2 hours late, no hope of catching my transfers. This should be fun.
I am safely in Adana with not too much hassle, my luggage was brought to my school today, and all is good. Minus the initial delay that was the initial cause, I have to say that Turkish Airlines was fantastic with how they handled everything and by far my favorite flight to date.
I just sent Sven back to Germany, some could say it is a sad moment, but amazingly it is not. I am not sad, though I miss him already. How can I be sad when I am this lucky??!!
Two and a half years ago, I was graduating with my teaching degree, preparing to go to The Czech Republic, and ready to begin teaching abroad. I had just ended a relationship with no plans to have a new one. I was heading out on my own, happily.
During my time in CZ and in Taiwan, I was not without male suitors, don’t get me wrong. But I had no need to make any of them permanent, in fact no real desire to. I’m not the one night stand gal, but you know, being with someone more than once doesn’t mean I needed a relationship. In fact I was quite happy without one.
And then somehow, this guy changed everything. All my flying solo, make my own plans, don’t worry about where I’m going next, do my own thing outlook got turned upside down. Completely out of the blue, with someone I never expected it to happen with.
AND I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER!!!!!!!!!
How did I get this lucky?
I’m still a little turned around at it. But here it is
– I’m engaged – I’m going to marry this amazing German man.
We have so much in common and still so many things to share with each other.
Sharing two weeks in Jamaica was beyond amazing!! We laughed, played, swam, kayaked, hiked, drank, went sight-seeing, and learned about how we work together through new situations, having nothing to do, and having too much going on.
We make a pretty damn good team. Now for some Jamaica photos!
I’m pretty much in love right now and am so excited for our families to get to know each other. I am blessed. Hope you all feel that you are too!!!!!!
Tomorrow is my last full day in New Mexico. What an exciting and wonderful trip back to this magical place. I have missed the skies here and the smell of fresh rain hitting the desert. I have missed chile and the fantastic New Mexican food. I have missed The Sandias and The Rio Grande. I have missed the wineries and lavender fields.
I have missed my children. I have missed them terribly. It hardly seems enough time with them.
We are growing separately but not apart. It’s pretty exciting to come back and see the growth and witness the changes that are harder to see when I’m with them on a day to day basis. I look forward to what the next leap forward will bring.
I have missed my many friends and have been blessed to see so many of them. I wish I had been able to see more.
I am incredibly excited to start this next adventure. I am excited to teach and live in Turkey with my wonderful friend Wendi and especially excited that both of us are also starting new and wonderful relationships. I couldn’t possibly be much happier.
My children are capable, happy, hard-working adults living good lives. My mama is doing well. I wish I had been able to get up to see my dad, but it is a definite must for the next trip to the states. My friends are doing well. My next job looks exciting and there are so many places to go and see!
I am so happy with the life I am creating. It is hardly ever easy, but it is worth every moment.
Live your dreams, no regrets.